Tony Adams fires transfer warning to Arsenal board as Mikel Arteta eyes summer rebuild

Tony Adams has issued a transfer warning to the Arsenal board
Tony Adams has issued a transfer warning to the Arsenal board (Picture: BBC)

Tony Adams says Arsenal’s recruitment has not been up to scratch for a decade and has warned his former club that Mikel Arteta could be doomed to fail unless it improves.

Former Gunners midfielder Arteta has endured a mixed spell in the Emirates hot-seat since returning to the club as manager in December.

While performances have generally improved since Arteta replaced Unai Emery, the Gunners remain just ninth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Europa League last month.

Despite this, former Arsenal captain Adams has been impressed with Arteta and says it is time for the Gunners to back their manager in the transfer market.

Arteta, who left a role at Manchester City to return to Arsenal, is hoping to bolster his squad with a number of signings this summer and Adams says the club need to sort out their recruitment.

‘He [Mikel Arteta] is doing a great job. I really like the man and his enthusiasm,’ Adams told Sky Sports. ‘I am glad he is well and recovered from the virus.

‘I have been speaking for the last 10 years about recruitment at the club and I think that really needs to up it’s game.

Mikel Arteta will look to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer
Mikel Arteta will look to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘The coach is irrelevant. [Unai] Emery was a fantastic coach but recruitment let him down. If you get that right then the coach has a chance.’

Adams, who made more than 650 appearances for Arsenal, has also claimed that it would be wrong for Liverpool to be awarded the Premier League title if no more fixtures of the 2019-20 season can be completed.

All professional football in England has been suspended until at least April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

‘I don’t think it is completed. Hopefully we get going again and all will be revealed,’ Adams added.

‘I like to stay in reality and you can’t make any decisions today. I am not going to speculate but I don’t think you can give the Premier League to Liverpool and I don’t think you can relegate three teams.

‘If they cancel the Euros, hopefully we can finish the Premier League. That makes sense to me or we should just start afresh from next season.’

UEFA confirmed on Tuesday that Euro 2020 had been cancelled, with the tournament now due to take place next year.

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